Reverend Parris's ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
The servant in Thomas Putnam's household. Mercy belongs to Abigail's group of girls.
The Putnams only surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange sleep after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
The servant in John Proctor's house and a member of Abigail's group of girls. She is easily influenced by those around her.
Reverend Parris's niece. Abigail was a servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she found that Abigail was having an affair with her husband, John Proctor. Abigail is a good liar.
The minister of Salem's church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community.
A young minister who is an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris's daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.
Paris' black slave from barbados, claims to be a witch, preforms voodoo on comand. Gives the girls chicken blood in the woods
The marshal of Salem. Kind of a drunk
A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.
The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
Wealthy man in Salem, respected by most of the community, enemy of the Putnam family.